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Biography of George E. Lee (1896-1958), Singer and Bandleader
Biography of Julia Lee (1902-1958), Singer and Pianist
Biography of Felice Lyne (1887-1935), Opera Singer
Biography of Marion Talley (1906-1983), Opera Singer and Actress
Biography of Joe Turner (1911-1985), Blues Vocalist
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
A. H. Whitney Co.
Advertising card for A. H. Whitney Co. showing a portrait of a woman identified as Emma Abbott. Front of card says: "C. B. Detrick, Mgr. A. H. Whitney Co., Pianos and Organs." Front lower left corner has...
Musical Quartet and Singers
African-American quartet playing music with a group of men singing.
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
Services for Myra Taylor Saturday
December 16-22, 2011
Article about jazz vocalist Myra Taylor who died December 9, 2011, at the age of 94. Taylor had performed in Kansas City nightclubs in the 18th and Vine district during the 1930s.
Queen of the Opera
February 24, 2013
Article contains biographical information regarding Joyce DiDonato's opera performance career. Details concerning her upbringing in Prairie Village and time spent at Wichita State University are provided....
KC's Performing Artists Anticipate Downtown Revival
Article describes the creative energy growing in Kansas City's performing arts community in response to the proposed performing arts center and other downtown revitalization projects.
June 10, 2010
Article profiles singer Marilyn Maye (82) and her 60+ year musical career. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Maye began singing in Kansas City clubs in the 1940s. Her career includes several hit records, television...
Mama Ray Hosting August Jam
Article profiles the career of blues singer Diane "Mama" Ray. Born into a musical family, Ray took singing and music lessons as a young child and performed in a variety of productions. In 1962, she moved...
Between Rock and a Good Place
January 29, 2012
Article profiles twelve women who are influencing the local music scene in various ways: Kristie Stremel, soloist and former member of Frogpond and Exit 159; Hearts of Darkness singers Brandy Gordon, Rachel...
In the Beginning...A Brief History of Heartland Men's Chorus
November 1, 2006
Article recounting the history of the Heartland Men's Chorus, a men's choral group formed in Kansas City in 1986.
The Life & Times of Myra Taylor
Article reflects on the life and career of jazz singer Myra Taylor (94), who died December 9, 2011. Taylor's singing career spanned 80 years, during which time she performed and recorded with many jazz...
They All Have a Good Time
April 10, 1898
Article reviewing the performance of opera diva Nellie Melba as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville," performed at the Coates Opera House in Kansas City, Missouri on the evening of April 9, 1898.
Mrs. Ethel L. Buxton: Former Concert Singer Is Dead
Nov. 3, 1968
Article with photo about the life and death of Ethel L. Buxton who died Nov. 2, 1968. She is remembered as the "daughter" of the 90th infantry division in Germany in World War I and as a concert singer...
Articles about the concert appearance of singer James Brown in Kansas City Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving night, 1966, with photos. Prior to the concert descriptions were given about his musical...
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